Understanding Vegetarians

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Vegan Lifestyle

There was a time, not so long ago – less than a year ago, in fact – when I truly believed that organic food was little more than a ploy from fancy agriculturalists to charge more money from easily impressionable foodies. My opinion was very similar to all those folks who say Valentine’s Day is just a holiday invented by Hallmark to sell more cards.

And now I search high and low to make sure that the vast majority of everything I eat is organic. I did the research and it did not take very long to convert!

Now, I am on a similar educational journey to learn more about a Vegetarian diet. As you will learn on this site, I tend to avoid “Diets” that preach any sort of all or nothing behaviour. I will be talking about a few…a lot of them…in time and I will try to be very diplomatic in my personal assessment of benefits and disadvantages of anything that I cover.

In the “Vegetarian” section of the site, however, I will not be considering vegetarianism as a diet, but rather as a lifestyle choice. Whether that choice is forced or welcomed with open arms may or may not come into play, but similar to the “Vegan” section of this site, I will not be addressing it as a DIET. I will consider it a way of life and, again, look for the benefits and drawbacks. I will also try to share substitutions that work well to adapt to a vegetarian lifestyle and will also touch down on the many different ways being a vegetarian will impact your life beyond your food choices.

I would like to assert that, as of today, October 20, 2015, I, Monique Nelson, am NOT a vegetarian. But I have no idea what my future may hold and I am interested in learning more!

In all honestly, my total scepticism was more or less drop-kicked out the door as a result of listening to the Food Heals Nation Podcast, which I have referred to a few times. The hosts are entertaining and very educational. They don’t preach, but they make really great, powerful points. I am in no way affiliated with this organization, but I do highly recommend anyone interested in the value of healthy food checks them out: www.FoodHealsNation.com

What are your thoughts on Vegetarian Lifestyles? I know this is a hugely controversial topic, so PLEASE remain respectful of everyone’s individual life choices while you engage in discussion!

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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